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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – Picture Book Month Celebration Begins!


It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers

It’s November and that means it’s time to celebrate Picture books!  November is Picture Book Month and I’m planning on sharing LOTS of picture books with you!  Today is my first of what I hope to be many posts this month as I celebrate my favorite thing!

“Some collect purses, some collect shoes,

some collect hats and trading cards too.

Some collect cars and some collect tools

I collect picture books.  To me, they are jewels!”

I just made that up!

So here are the picture books I’ve read recently…

How to Bake a Book

How to Bake a Book – Ella Burfoot

How do you write a perfect story? This book has the recipe which includes….a pinch of good, a dash of bad, some big words, and carefully cut out characters! A playful picture book with rhyming text outlines what goes into the writing process. I don’t usually love rhyming texts but this one was fun and didn’t feel forced.  Cheerful and playful illustrations with great references to story elements and word choice. A great book to share at Writer’s Workshop!


Sometimes You Barf

Sometimes You Barf – Nancy Carlson

After stuffing your with Halloween candy – I think many children might be able to make CONNECTIONS to this book!  Hard to believe that a book about barfing could actually be cute but Nancy Carlson manages to take the gross factor away from the topic of vomiting and make you giggle!  “If you are going to barf at school, make sure you do it on your Math Test!”    Nancy Carlson’s message is simple:  Everyone, including people and animals get sick and then you get over it.  The text is simple and straight to the point and the charming illustrations are not over the top or gross.  Funny and a great book to have on hand at school… just in case!

The New Kid

The New Kid – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they can’t be your friend.  This is a wonderful book with a great message  about acceptance and friendship without being too “teacherish”.  It just so happens that I have a new student starting tomorrow in my class and this is the book I will be sharing!  Soft, gentle illustrations – this book is charming. 


Why? – Tracey Corderoy

I love books that celebrate questions !  Otto is a curious rhino who wants to know everything!  “Why does toast make crumbs?  Why is milk splashy?”   His parents decide that a trip to the museum might be just the thing.  But Otto has even MORE questions than ever!  Delightful!

Any Questions?

Any Questions? – Marie-Louise Gay

Speaking of asking questions… where do stories come from?  In this extraordinary new book by the author of the Stella books, Marie-Louise Gay takes her readers on a journey of writing process – from topic choice, to word choice, from developing characters and plot to finding the perfect ending.  This book is a celebration of the creative process, of asking questions and of sharing stories.  I loved the way she includes the actual story within her story  – while taking us through the process through her own voice.  Whimsical illustrations and detailed features – this book is one to savor.

Hunters of the Great Forest

Hunters of the Great Forest – Dennis Nolan

I love wordless picture books and often use them to help young readers understand the strategy of inferring. In Hunters of the Great Forest , a fantastic new wordless story, we follow a band of curiously tiny hunters as they embark on a journey full of adventure and danger.   This book is filled with small details and many surprises!  You have to look carefully at the illustrations or you will miss something!  This book is charming  and clever – and perfect for inferring, questioning and predicting!   LOVE it! 

Before After

Before After – Mathias Arigui

Another clever and surprising wordless picture book.  This book takes objects, landscapes, animals, situations and presents them in their “Before After” states. Appealing, simple, graphic illustrations  – the colors pop off the black page.  While you might predict that an acorn grows into an oak tree or a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, you will be surprised to discover the “afters” of some of the other examples in the book.  I was hooked on page 1 – this book is beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by!  Which book(s) caught your eye?



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